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Uber Wants to Give You Some ‘F.U., G’ Money

An earlier advisory. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

An earlier advisory. What once were weekend shutdowns will now be the daily norm. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

With the G train’s dreaded five-week shutdown set to go into effect tomorrow night, DNA Info has published a handy rundown of alternative ways of getting from Greenpoint to Long Island City. But they left this one out: the folks at Uber just e-mailed to tell us they’re offering free rides along the stretch of the G train that will be closed till Sept. 2.
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Ride Your Bike From LES to Rockaway to Protest Pipeline, Ride the Ferry Before It’s Gone

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fireboat showed off for ferry passengers earlier this week. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While weekenders enjoy vegan corn dogs and masa festivals, Rockaway locals are engaged in a couple of increasingly fierce political fights. Yesterday, DNA Info confirmed that — despite an ad that advocates placed on an Italian news site while Mayor De Blasio was vacationing there — the weekday ferry service that was instituted post-Sandy will be discontinued after October.
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Public Housing Gets Millions to Beef Up Security, But Will It Be Enough?

Dorothea Knox, President of the Tenant Association at Berry Street- South 9th Street Houses (photo: Nicole Disser)

Dorothea Knox, President of the Tenant Association at Berry Street- South 9th Street Houses (photo: Nicole Disser)

Last month the city finally allocated $50 million to security upgrades and “anti-violence initiatives” in its ailing public housing complexes. But of the 15 developments that will see the long called-for funding, just one (Bushwick Houses) is in the Bedford + Bowery coverage area. Meanwhile, several developments in downtown Manhattan and North Brooklyn remain without any security cameras at all.
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Testing the Waters: Our Public Pools, Visited and Graded

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Have you no time to haul out to Rockaway? Are you close to home and looking to be submerged in something other than sweat? Lucky for you the city provides its residents with tons of options for a free swim — and we’re not talking about the fountain in Washington Square Park. If you haven’t found your swimming hole of choice just yet, it’s best not to take a blind jump into some mystery bath.
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In Williamsburg, A Hidden Refuge For the Undocumented and Incurable

Casa Betsaida's chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Casa Betsaida’s chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

The former convent on Hewes Street is a mystery house: there’s no sign outside announcing its name or mission. People walk in and out of the two-story building quietly, most of them black and Latino men largely unnoticed in this Satmar Hasidic part of South Williamsburg. One 34-year-old man, from Guatemala, paused to talk to this reporter and then was on his way, in a hurry to get a prescription filled.
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One of Williamsburg’s Mysteriously Missing Citi Bike Stations Returns Tonight

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

Williamsburg doesn’t exactly have an overabundance of bike-share stations (according to Citi Bike’s map, it has 9 to the East Village’s 24), so it was a bummer when two of them suddenly disappeared. A couple of weekends ago, all of the neighborhood’s docks were full and the Metropolitan Avenue station was backed up with exasperated riders waiting for bikes to be checked out so they could return theirs.
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Hundreds of Hillary Fans (and a Couple of Haters) Lined Up in Union Square

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hillary Clinton fans, young and old, wrapped around four blocks in Union Square this morning, waiting for what one called a “historic moment” — a book signing at Barnes & Noble by their hero, the pantsuited pol who claims she hasn’t yet made up her mind about running for president.
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